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Northwest Region Data

The Northwest consists of 18 counties stretching two-thirds of the way across the state.  Its largest city is St. Joseph, birthplace of the Pony Express and Jesse James’ last home.  It also includes such gems as Amish Jamesport and sparkling Conception Abbey, Nodaway County.  Top industries include retail trade, farming, food services, and construction.

The regional average wage was $736 per week in the 3rd Quarter of 2018.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2017 2016 Percent Difference
245.1 240.0 2.1%
(1982-84=100, not seasonally adjusted)
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Area Population 2016 Income 2017 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2017
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Andrew County 17,350 $751,037,000 $42,782 $85,200,193
Atchison County 5,293 $242,517,000 $45,975 $77,327,383
Buchanan County 88,938 $3,364,798,000 $37,779 $1,416,501,715
Caldwell County 9,062 $319,600,000 $35,121 $51,620,227
Clinton County 20,610 $854,093,000 $41,554 $108,009,954
Daviess County 8,209 $284,512,000 $34,028 $61,102,841
Dekalb County 12,613 $342,847,000 $27,236 $136,909,927
Gentry County 6,661 $275,175,000 $41,287 $50,361,664
Grundy County 10,165 $333,373,000 $33,508 $84,817,088
Harrison County 8,556 $314,801,000 $36,931 $117,601,888
Holt County 4,448 $203,853,000 $46,194 $34,994,434
Linn County 12,164 $452,270,000 $37,090 $126,358,524
Livingston County 15,235 $576,728,000 $38,010 $225,882,503
Mercer County 3,699 $124,647,000 $33,890 $30,777,092
Nodaway County 22,670 $653,471,000 $29,079 $237,872,004
Putnam County 4,853 $166,908,000 $34,693 $38,633,175
Sullivan County 6,262 $242,259,000 $38,892 $43,055,201
Worth County 2,024 $74,537,000 $36,236 $13,657,165
Northwest Region Summary 258,812 $9,577,426,000 $37,027 $2,940,682,978



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics April 2019
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Andrew County 9,688 9,428 260 2.7%
Atchison County 2,920 2,802 118 4%
Buchanan County 44,504 43,230 1,274 2.9%
Caldwell County 4,405 4,287 118 2.7%
Clinton County 10,809 10,529 280 2.6%
Daviess County 4,207 4,083 124 2.9%
Dekalb County 4,865 4,722 143 2.9%
Gentry County 3,628 3,540 88 2.4%
Grundy County 4,443 4,301 142 3.2%
Harrison County 3,773 3,682 91 2.4%
Holt County 2,722 2,647 75 2.8%
Linn County 5,075 4,894 181 3.6%
Livingston County 7,557 7,400 157 2.1%
Mercer County 1,982 1,924 58 2.9%
Nodaway County 10,977 10,710 267 2.4%
Putnam County 2,430 2,360 70 2.9%
Sullivan County 2,812 2,730 82 2.9%
Worth County 1,231 1,203 28 2.3%
Northwest Region Summary 128,028 124,472 3,556 2.8%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2018
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
31 - Manufacturing 247 15,303 $191,934,971 $965 3.1%
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,143 13,984 $143,038,255 $787 1.7%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 266 2,558 $25,342,508 $762 0.7%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 65 859 $3,426,905 $307 0.8%
22 - Utilities 36 676 $14,035,562 $1,597 8.3%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 39 630 $9,667,995 $1,180 0.2%
21 - Mining 15 171 $1,633,763 $735 3%
61 - Educational services 26 165 $761,435 $355 10.7%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2018
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 276 3,306 $52,575,629 $1,223 2.8%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 47 3,172 $44,488,966 $1,079 12.1%
624 - Social Assistance 769 2,903 $11,988,745 $318 8.8%
424 - Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 155 1,935 $24,083,641 $957 5.4%
447 - Gasoline Stations 111 1,738 $9,379,555 $415 0.9%
333 - Machinery manufacturing 20 1,665 $19,411,255 $897 9%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 127 1,484 $13,851,540 $718 4.4%
444 - Building Material & Garden Supply Stores 98 1,303 $9,387,756 $554 0.1%
811 - Repair and Maintenance 223 898 $7,943,856 $681 3.9%
713 - Amusement, Gambling & Recreation Ind 47 768 $2,975,285 $298 0.5%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2018
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 240 $100.65 $98.44 $46.58 $127.69 $209,350 $204,762 $96,878 $265,586
291021 - Dentists, General 70 $89.55 $82.15 $46.1 $111.27 $186,261 $170,877 $95,885 $231,448
112021 - Marketing Managers 50 $70.38 $62.8 $48.91 $81.12 $146,400 $130,616 $101,733 $168,734
119121 - Natural Sciences Managers 30 $65.27 $65.67 $28.47 $83.67 $135,768 $136,602 $59,226 $174,039
291051 - Pharmacists 160 $65.26 $65.19 $56 $69.89 $135,744 $135,605 $116,478 $145,377
112022 - Sales Managers 100 $61.63 $52.77 $33.78 $75.56 $128,196 $109,752 $70,260 $157,164
113031 - Financial Managers 130 $60.69 $50.8 $34.21 $73.93 $126,245 $105,669 $71,167 $153,784
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 40 $58.59 $47 $42.22 $66.77 $121,864 $97,755 $87,822 $138,885
119033 - Education Administrators, Postsecondary 60 $56.42 $47.34 $34.24 $67.52 $117,363 $98,458 $71,212 $140,438
111011 - Chief Executives 190 $55.91 $45.06 $24.49 $71.62 $116,289 $93,728 $50,943 $148,962

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
151133 - Software Developers, Systems Software 7 10 3 42.9% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
512099 - Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 292 393 101 34.6% 15 54 - Above Average B+
212011 - Clergy 29 39 10 34.5% 2 54 - Above Average B+
251072 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 41 55 14 34.1% 2 52 - Well Above Average A
151121 - Computer Systems Analysts 50 67 17 34% 3 52 - Well Above Average A
151143 - Computer Network Architects 3 4 1 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
192032 - Materials Scientists 3 4 1 33.3% NA 54 - Above Average B+
251071 - Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 33 44 11 33.3% 1 52 - Well Above Average A
291181 - Audiologists 6 8 2 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
535021 - Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 3 4 1 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A

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Consumer Price Index by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); all other tables produced by MERIC in cooperation with BLS.